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TEMPLE OF HABI-DEVA.                                            305

employed throughout the superstructure is red sandstone from the Bharai-
pcr quarries, while the foundations are composed of rough blocks of the
stone found in the neighbourhood. These have been laid bare to the depth
of several feet ; and a large deposit of earth all round the basement would
much enhance the appearance as weH as the stability of the building.

Bihari Mall, the father of the reputed founder., was the first Mjpnt who
attached himself to the court of a Mnhammadan emperor. He was chief of tie
Bajawat branch of the KacHiwaM TMkurs seated at Amber, and claimed to be
eighteenth in descent from the founder of the family. The capital was snbse-
qrtently transferred to Jajpur in 1723 A.D. ; the present Maharaja being the
thirty-fourth descendant of the original stock. IE the battle of Sanml, Bhagaivan
Das had the good fortune to saTe Akbar's life, and was subsequently appointed
Governor of the Panjab. He died about the year 1590 at Labor. His daughter
was married to prince Sal£m3 -who eventually became emperor under the
title of Jahangir ; the fruit of their marriage being the unfortunate prince

The temple has a yearly income of some Es. 2?3003 derived from the two
villages^ Bhagosa and LodMpiirij the" latter estate being a recent granij in lieu of
an annual money donation of Bs. 500? on the part of the Baja. of Bharat-pur, who
further makes a fixed monthly offering to the shrine at the rate of one rupee per
diem. The hereditary G-osains have long devoted the entire income to their
own private uses3 completely neglecting the fabric of the temple and its religious
services,* In consequence of such short-sighted greed, the votive offerings at
this, one of the most famous shrines in Upper India, have dwindled down to
about Bs. 50 a year. Not only so, but, early la 1872? the roof of the
which had hitherto been quite perfect, began to give waj» An attempt
made % the writer of this memoir to procure an order from the Civil Court
authorising the expenditure, on the repair of the fabric^ of the proceeds of the
temple estate, which, in consequence of the dispute among the shareholders^ had
for some months past been paid as a deposit into the district treasury and had
accumulated to more than Bs. 3,000. There was no unwillingness on the part
of the local Government to further the proposal., and an engineer was deputed

* UK estate ii diYided into tewmty-tvms kals of aliaree, allotted among §ereBteea different
families.   Its               thai aE were agreed as to fee dlBtribatlcH^ iriih tbe exception of one man
fcj name K»mjaay wbo, in addition^ to Ms own original &kare» cMmed alec m sole representative
of a shareholder deceased   Thi* claim was not admitted by the           md the samiaiara con-
tinued to pay the rereane m 9,             Into the ifctrki trenaarji till ermtoaUy the
coacfsrred in making a joict applicatioii f« it§ transfer to tiiesnaBlTCfe